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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:05 pm

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This idiot is back in the running for power position. Fishermen better watch out. The single biggest strategic mistake that the various fragmented fishing groups made in the past decade was to align themselves with this moron. I am still (and always will be) dumbfounded that groups like RFA and this very site here were proud to align thyemselves with Pombo at a time when the decision makers in the MLPA areas were by a HUGE percentage on the opposite site of the political spectrum. A massive mistake and it still costs us dearly. We can keep posting articles on this board about how bad or wrong the MLPA process was but I rather have the politcal fuishing groups realize and finally understand that they are partly to blame for this MLPA disaster by not being able to have a uniform message and approach and basically become fragmented and aligned with the one party that was radioactive on the coast in the past 10 years.

I truly hope this Pombo idiot will never set in a political office ever again.


FEBRUARY 22, 2010.Pombo Embarks on Fresh Path
Ex-California Lawmaker, a Foe of Environmentalists, Seeks Seat in New District


When former Rep. Richard Pombo was soundly defeated in his 2006 re-election bid after serving seven terms, many environmentalists hoped they had seen the last of one of their biggest foes. But as the GOP's fortunes improve nationally, the California Republican is seeking a path back to power.

Mr. Pombo announced last month that he was running again for the House, but not for his old seat representing California's 11th Congressional District, on the outskirts of the San Francisco Bay area, where he was first elected in 1992 and still lives. Instead, he is seeking an open seat in the neighboring 19th District, which he considers still safely conservative.

During Mr. Pombo's former tenure as chairman of the House Resources Committee he weighed proposals to sell off some national parks and advocated weakening the Endangered Species Act, among other controversial measures. Such proposals prompted the Sierra Club to label him "the most frightening man in Congress."

Mr. Pombo, 49 years old, said his signature issue—to ease government control over land use—is timelier than ever amid the sluggish job market. He cited recent federal orders to protect endangered fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, which he said have led to large water cutbacks for farms in the 19th District, and killed jobs.

"When you have 29% to 30% unemployment in some of these towns, a lot of that is tied to environmental regulations," he said.

Mr. Pombo boasts strong conservative credentials that endear him to many Republicans in California and nationwide. Big lobby groups like the National Rifle Association also have assisted in his fund-raising.

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of Fresno has endorsed Mr. Pombo, saying he tried to protect Central Valley residents from environmental regulations that many people in the region believe led to problems like water cutbacks to farmers. "Richard was driven from office because of this issue," said Mr. Nunes. "The people of the valley see this as a fight against radical environmental groups."

Environmental groups worked for Mr. Pombo's defeat in 2006. He also faced criticism for declining to launch a committee investigation into alleged influence-peddling by lobbyist Jack Abramoff, from whom he had received campaign contributions. Mr. Abramoff pleaded guilty in 2006 to three felonies in a political-corruption scandal. Mr. Pombo denied any wrongdoing and has said the first time he was aware Mr. Abramoff had contributed to his campaign was when he read about it in a newspaper.

Mr. Pombo said a major obstacle to his re-election was voters' anti-Republican mood in 2006. His new bid faces resistance beyond his foes in the environmental movement, including from some fellow Republicans.

GOP Rep. George Radanovich, the current congressman from the 19th District, which stretches between Fresno and Modesto in California's Central Valley, isn't planning to run for re-election. But he backs Republican state Sen. Jeff Denham in the June 8 GOP primary to select his successor. "I would like to see [Mr. Pombo] run for Congress again—in his own district," he said.

Mr. Pombo said that Mr. Denham also resides outside the solidly Republican 19th District. Mr. Denham, 42, is an almond farmer from Merced, Calif., about 10 miles past the district line. Mr. Pombo owns a ranch near Tracy, Calif., which is also about 10 miles over the line.

A spokesman for Mr. Denham said the senator's house is almost completely encircled by the 19th district.

U.S. House candidates are allowed to compete in congressional districts even if they aren't residents of the district, as long as they reside in the state after the election.

Mr. Denham burnished his conservative credentials by defeating a recall initiative last year after he refused to vote for a state tax increase. His state Senate district includes about 100,000 of the 600,000 residents of the 19th District, according to Dave Gilliard, a GOP consultant in Sacramento who is helping to coordinate his campaign. "Pombo has never represented a blade of grass in the district," Mr. Gilliard said.

Mr. Pombo countered that his ex-district overlapped a part of the 19th District before it was redrawn in 2001, and that his family has roots in the Central Valley going back more than 100 years.

If Mr. Pombo makes it back to the House, he would likely regain his seniority and a position on his old panel, now called the Natural Resources Committee, where he said he would pick up right where he left off in 2006. Some environmental groups are worried enough about his possible return that they are again mobilizing to oppose him.Mr. Radanovich said Mr. Pombo could best help the party by trying to recapture his former 11th District seat, which was won in 2006 by Democrat Jerry McNerney, a wind-energy consultant. Mr. McNerney benefited as more Democratic-leaning voters from coastal parts of the Bay Area moved to inland cities in the 11th.

Mr. Pombo said the 11th also became less conservative after it was redrawn in 2001 to include more liberal Bay Area suburbs. "When they did redistricting, they moved my district," he said.
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